Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by shyam334, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Yea Shawnee is great! Wish I had a better route- my backroad ways getting to Marietta are well-established, but getting through or around Columbus is kind of a drag. A few V-Strom guys from Columbus are heading there this weekend or next. So much to explore and see down there.
  2. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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  3. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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  4. Muta

    Muta n00b

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    I was thinking about using actual carry-on luggage as panniers. (just bungee'd a couple on for a photo)
    I made my rounds at the local thrift stores this past weekend and I can pick these up any day of the week for less than $10. They're not rugged or waterproof. But any bag can be made waterproof and they are 45L !
    Is this a great idea or am I crazy?

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  5. CHKNCLW

    CHKNCLW n00b

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    The guy in me who hates change, thinks this is the dumbest idea ever. However I'm extremely interested to see what you can do with this and would love for you to tell me, "I told you so".
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  6. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Then you could do something like this for the topbox?

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  7. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    I had something similar but smaller on my ninja 250 for a bit back in the day. I upgraded to a JCwitney topcase after a bit. Eventually I ended up with a full set of givi bags that I swap between my DL650 and Versys-X.
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  8. David JM

    David JM Been here awhile

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    Muta, Your not crazy, Your sort of like me. We don't want to spend big bucks on cases, and then spend more big bucks on support brackets to hold the cases on our bikes. Large soft cases require large support brackets to hold them in place when your going 75 mph. If you can find a couple of metal ammo boxes or hard plastic cases at the thrift store you would be able to bolt them directly to the bike sub frame using the bolts that hold the rack on. I wound up using the Apache 3800 cases from Harbor Freight. I got them on sale for about $30 each and they are almost indestructable they now make a 4800 size but it's pretty heavy and it's probably better to throw a dry bag over the passenger seat if you need more space. You can see pics. and install instructions on pages 419 and 795.
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  9. BAGSTR

    BAGSTR One Project a Day

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    Hey Gents,

    Looking to minimalize the tail. Have anyone discovered an ABS fender eliminator? Don' think I have seen one.

    Gracias.
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  11. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Yea I was just in Harbor Freight over the weekend. The 4800 cases seem like the perfect size, but man they are over-built. Even just empty they feel pretty heavy, not to mention they have four latches instead of the usual two. But, I know a guy who used a pair of 4800 cases for side luggage and a 3800 for his top case, on his Versys-X 300, and it looks just right. And, extremely rugged!
    EDIT: I stand corrected, he used 4800's all the way around. Also added a Rotopax mount to the topcase. (Also i guess i don't know how to count!)
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  12. David JM

    David JM Been here awhile

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    Red EX, I agree that the 4800's are pretty heavy compared to the 3800's, but they sure do have a lot of space in them. In your picture they have 3800's on the sides, and I'm not sure what is on top, it only has 4 latches, it's wider and longer than the 3800, but it should be 2 or 3 inches taller (thicker) than the 3800's, but it looks like it is the same thickness as the 3800's There are several companies that make this kind of case, anyway they sure look good in your pic. I put I bolts on the lid of my top case, it sure makes it easier to tie a tent and sleeping bag on in front of or on top of the case. You might have issues with the muffler and tail lights if you try to use the the 4800's as side cases, better measure before you buy. If you use one of these for a top case, make sure you set it back far enough so that it won't be in the way if you have to remove your seat.
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  13. Fuzzy74

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    Upgraded crash bar bags. Prior to cross country trip I looked for crash bar bags but most brands were out of stock, I assume due to covid. I grabbed a couple of $8 fanny packs from Walmart and used them on trip. Worked but small and not waterproof.

    Last week I ordered some Lomo bags that get high reviews in Europe. Shipping almost as much as bags but still netted $40 cheaper than Givi and with better reviews than Givi. Took 10 days to get here. Mounted on crash bars in less than 5 minutes. Rated at 6.5 liters each. Design is dry bag roll top. Losers with RF welded seams. I think I am going to be happy with purchase. Crash bars are SW Motech but should work with most any bars. Probably not as durable as some of the high end adventure brands but not the high end price either.

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    Just put in what came out of fanny pack so almost empty.
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  14. Fuzzy74

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    We haven’t discussed oil for awhile. Shouldn’t “METRIC” oil come in liter size instead of quart?


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    A paradox for the ages. A better description would be air cooled or water cooled like Mobil One does.
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    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    gold-bond-full-1qt-motor-oil-omaha-ne_1_e59aec5313d8619f5f92000eb60ed595.jpg Good for wet clutches....and stops itching fast.
  17. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Long timer Supporter

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    It is. It says clearly that it's 946ml.
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  18. Fuzzy74

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    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Their other choice is “V-TWIN”. So if you have a Japanese V-twin you have choices. :jack

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